For the family of a girl hurt Saturday in the Poway synagogue shooting, the violence was not their first brush with anti-Semitism since moving to the United States from Israel in search of a safer life.
The girl, identified as Noya Dahan, 8, of Mira Mesa, was hit with shrapnel in the face and leg when a gunman opened fire on worshipers at the synagogue, Chabad of Poway. Noya and two other people were hurt in the shooting, and a woman — Lori Gilbert-Kaye, 60, of Poway — was killed. Noya’s uncle was among those injured in the attack.
The suspected shooter, a 19-year-old man authorities identified as John T. Earnest of Rancho Peñasquitos, was arrested Saturday after allegedly fleeing the synagogue in a hail of bullets fired by a U.S. Border Patrol agent working there as a security guard.
Saturday’s shooting was not the first anti-Semitic crime against the Dahan family since moving to the U.S. from Israel in 2014. Their home in Mira Mesa was vandalized during the Passover holiday in April 2015, according to news reports at the time.
Giant red swastikas were painted on the family’s garage door and the hood of their pickup around 11 p.m. April 5, 2015, according to the news reports.
Recalling the vandalism and the shooting Sunday in an interview with an Israeli radio station, Israel Dahan said the crimes had not caused the family to regret its decision to move to the U.S., according to the New York Times.
“We love America. ... It can happen anywhere — in any mall, and in any hospital and in any family gathering and in any place,” Dahan told the station, according to the article. “We are strong. We were born to be strong.”
Noya’s injuries were not life-threatening, authorities said Sunday.
Children light candles during the vigil to remember the death of Poway resident Lori Gilbert-Kaye.(Nelvin C. Cepeda / The San Diego Union-Tribune)
Rabbi Yisroel Goldstein, center, meets with members of the congregation of Chabad of Poway the day after a deadly shooting at the synagogue. Goldstein was shot and lost a finger on his right hand.(K.C. Alfred / The San Diego Union-Tribune)
A woman leaves flowers at small memorial near Chabad of Poway.(Hayne Palmour IV / TNS)
Mourners attend a vigil at Rancho Bernardo Community Presbyterian Church in Poway.
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People mourn at a vigil at Rancho Bernardo Community Presbyterian Church in Poway.(David McNew / Getty Images)
People attend a vigil at Rancho Bernardo Community Presbyterian Church in Poway.
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Police evacuate a cul de sac in San Diego’s community of Rancho Peñasquitos and surround a house related to the investigation of the synagogue shooting in Poway.(John Gibbins / San Diego Union-Tribune)
Chabad of Poway members gather outside their synagogue after a man shot multiple people on Saturday, killing one.(Hayne Palmour IV / San Diego Union-Tribune)
Police surround a house related to the investigation of the synagogue shooting in Poway.(John Gibbins / San Diego Union-Tribune)
San Diego County Sheriff Bill Gore, center, discusses Saturday’s synagogue shooting.(Denis Poroy / Associated Press)
Members of the media and the surrounding community gather near the Altman Family Chabad Community Center in Poway after Saturday’s shooting at Chabad of Poway synagogue.(Hayne Palmour IV / The San Diego Union-Tribune)
President Trump speaks to the media about Saturday’s deadly shooting in the San Diego area.(Jacquelyn Martin / Associated Press)
A sheriff’s deputy walks in front of the Altman Family Chabad Community Center in Poway.(Hayne Palmour IV / The San Diego Union-Tribune)
An FBI agent gives information to the media outside Chabad of Poway on Saturday.(Denis Poroy / Associated Press)
Jessica Parks, right, hugs Tina White outside Chabad of Poway synagogue.(Denis Poroy / Associated Press)
Morgan Cook writes for the San Diego Union Tribune.